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Playing With: Antagonist in Mourning
Basic Trope: A villain mourns over a hero's death.
  • Straight: Evil Bob kills Steve, then goes to the funeral
  • Exaggerated: Bob, having finally killed his nemesis, Steve, is so grief-stricken due to his loss, that he decides to give up his life of evil, perhaps even turning good himself.
  • Downplayed:
    • Steve is part of a group of heroes. After he's killed, Bob keeps making plans that have to be corrected for Steve no longer being there while trying to defeat the heroes.
    • Steve is injured non-lethally, but Bob is still concerned over his enemy's well-being.
  • Justified:
    • Bob has focused his life around his nemesis, Steve, for so long, that he must seriously consider what to do with his life with Steve gone.
    • Steve was never meant to die. The fact that Bob did it was completely unintentional.
    • Steve died because someone else killed him, but Bob's upset because he swore vengeance & always wanted to be the one who killed him.
    • The reason Bob became a villain was for the challenge. Now that Steve is dead, its just too easy.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: For a moment, Bob gives a thousand yard stare, but otherwise appears unaffected by Steve's death.
  • Double Subverted: Later that night, we see Bob crying himself to sleep in his room.
  • Parodied: Bob had a Foe Yay crush on Steve and tearfully admits it to the rest of his party...much to his humiliation.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob goes to Steve's funeral, only to whip out a gun and shoot Steve's True Companions at the funeral. Then he bursts out in genuine tears for Steve.
  • Averted: Bob couldn't care less about that fool, Steve, who thought to oppose him.
  • Enforced: Let's show how nice a person Steve was by having Bob mourn for him.
  • Lampshaded:"You know, seeing as he was your arch-nemesis, Iím really surprised how cut up you are about this."
  • Invoked: Steve is killed by someone other than Bob specifically to upset or insult Bob.
  • Exploited:
    • Steve fakes his own death in order to render Bob hopelessly depressed and unable to carry out his plan.
    • Steve fakes his own death in a way that convinces Bob he's responsible, because he's hoping the trauma will cause Bob to rethink his life and change sides.
    • Steve dies for real, gambling that Bob can be redeemed into making a Heel-Face Turn and become a hero even more powerful than Steve was.
  • Defied: "Quick, Bob! Kill Steve!"
  • Discussed: Before killing Steve, Bob talks about how he may just be upset when Steve is dead. Musings about a thin line between love and hate may be said.
  • Conversed: "Ooh, the battle between Steve and Bob looks bad." "I hope Steve wins. Bob's a horrible wreck at funerals."
  • Deconstructed: Bob is a Punch Clock Villain who secretly respects Steve. However, he can't join Steve's side because the Big Bad is holding Bob's family hostage.
  • Reconstructed: Over time he grows to hate Steve, but maintains respect for him, and is upset when he is killed.
  • Played for Laughs: "Uhh...I'm Not Quite Dead" "OH THANK GOD!" *Glomp!* " I don't know what I would do without you!
  • Played for Drama: Bob can't adjust to Steve being dead to the point he either commits suicide or is eventually cut down by another evil rival.

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